Working at night doesn’t pose significant health risks to the majority of workers. However, night work can affect the wellbeing of some staff with serious health problems or disabilities which may require them to be transferred to day work instead. Some conditions that may be affected by night work include diabetes, epilepsy, some respiratory conditions, depression and anxiety. Likewise, many other conditions that require medications to be taken at strict intervals may be affected. A key concern is that employees might not be able to properly fulfil their duties, because the disruption to their medication schedule can lead to instability of their condition, causing adverse problems.
Regular health checks on employees who work at night can help to identify anyone who falls into these groups and will enable employers to receive effective advice, and offer sufficient support to their staff.